Average mileage is a little harder to pin down on RVs: you typically drive them on the highway long distances, then park them for days or months at a time. Way different than cars.
With that in mind, I wanted to get a grasp on some of that info:
What kind of miles do you put on per month/year/whatever?
How much of a traveller are you? How often are you taking long haul trips, monthly/weekly/etc?
Rialta owners: Have you had any significant maintenance related to the motor/transmission, related to wear? If so, at what miles?
I swung by my local RV park today and noticed a promo flyer on the desk.
One of their parent companies - Thousand Trails - has a promo going on right now where, for $545/year, you can camp for (nearly) free at any of their resorts in the region you choose. (30 days for free then $3/day for unlimited camping, after that.)
That's a pretty damn good deal if you like spending extended amounts of time in RV parks. It works to ~$1535 for a whole year of rent in an RV park.
The only caveat is that pretty much all of their locations are far away from any major city. Most are 30-70 miles away. (Look at the campsite lists on the site... they lay out how far each campsite is from the closest metro area.)
Here's the website: ZoneCampingPass.com
Good ol' California is granting tax credits of 30% of the total cost of a solar installation system to residents:
If you made the jump this year and are living in CA, it might be worth investigating whether you could write some of your installation costs off on your taxes.
They claim it's for 'residential' installations so who knows if we can successfully make the point that our RVs are, officially, 'residential', but it could be a hefty savings, if so.
Has anyone investigated replacing Rialta tires?
Rialta's are mfg'd with two different sizes of tires: 195s on the front, 215s on the back.
Lots of folks say that's why the Rialta is slightly canted forward (which I've noticed, but never realized the source of why).
There's a few reasons why it could be good to get a consistent size on all 4:
I'm considering a visit to the San Diego area sometime soon, and I'd like to try to street camp around there.
Some preliminary research shows that San Diego passed a ban of oversized vehicle street parking from 2-6am (and seems to be hostile to RVs on the streets, in general).
Does anyone know what my street-based options are around San Diego?
I'm not familiar with the region, but National City seems to be nearby and under a separate local government with no RV bans that I can see. Same for Chula Vista.
Let's talk Vegas!
Random Internet Folklore is that casinos turn a blind eye to RVs parking in their lots for short periods of time ala Walmarts.
Any first-hand experiences hanging out in Vegas?
I think it goes without saying, but: I prefer to be near the casinos.
Anyone have any ideas about camping on the PCH, overnight?
I was in Malibu and noticed RVs parked all along the PCH. A few appeared to be in the same spot more than 24hrs later.
I also noticed the Malibu RV Park website claims:'The park does not offer any late checkouts. For guests looking to spend more time in the Los Angeles area, we recommend parking alongside Pacific Coast Highway.'
Any thoughts or experience camping alongside the PCH? Particularly friendly stretches around the SoCal area?
Ok, let's address a topic that's certainly on the mind of any twenty-something bachelor(ette) who's planning to live in an RV: how will it affect one's love life?
To that end, Tynan mentioned: 'Pretty much everyone I've met thinks that it's outrageously cool, including attractive girls.'
Personally, I can see it working out, on paper - make sure a girl understands you live out of an RV by choice not necessity, communicate that RV life is actually a result of your bold, adventurous spirit, have a sweet RV bachelor pad with hardwood floors and soft lighting, etc - but I still have my doubts.
On the flip side of the coin, as the uninitiated (I'm still a few weeks away from being 100% moved-in), I have my own reservations and anxieties about even sleeping in the RV. I hear these will pass, but I assume most girls would have the same 'uninitiated' reservations.
So how to approach this?
A few random questions about Riatlas:
-With the stock Generac generator, how long does it take to recharge the batteries (106 Ah, if they're down to 50%)? What about with driving around? I'm thinking through my contingency plan for when it's cloudy in SF.
-How does the Rialta fair on hills/mountains, overall? My experience is that, on even slight grades, RPMs will shoot up, you'll top out at 35-40, and you have until the temperature gauge reaches Hot to start freaking out. :P
Any suggestions on good Rialta mechanics in the Bay Area?